It’s public knowledge that Windows 10 collects user’s personal data for telemetry and mining for MS. It is certainly a matter of concern because we know that it’s really not possible to trust American companies these days cough*NSA anyone?*cough. Unfortunately, there is no way to disable this annoyance on our PC because MS didn’t bother to provide any option to even opt-out.
Disable Telemetry data collection in Windows 10
There are a few options in the privacy section in the settings app that can restrict the amount of data that Windows collects from us. You can disable them one by one.
Disable Feedback Frequency.
Go to Settings app > Privacy > Feeback and diagnostics and under the Feedback frequency, select Never from the drop-down menu.
Disable Feedback & Diagnostics data
Go to the Settings app > Privacy > Feedback & Diagnostics to change how much detailed data Windows 10 will send to Microsoft’s servers. You can read the official notes on their official web page. Select Basic from the drop-down menu.
Disable Diagnostics Services
Search Powershell in the Start menu and open the Windows PowerShell app. Type the following command and press enter.
Get-Service DiagTrack | Set-Service -StartupType Disabled
You can also use the Command prompt and SC Config to disable this service. Just type the following and press enter.
sc config DiagTrack start= disabled
Disable Window Manager Push Services
In the same PowerShell window, type the following command and press enter.
Get-Service dmwappushservice | Set-Service -StartupType Disabled
As with disabling diagnostics services, you can also disable DWM Push services with command prompt with the following command.
sc config dmwappushservice start= disabled
Disable Data Collection
Search regedit in the Start menu and select Regedit run this command to open the Registry editor. Navigate to:
Right-click on the DataCollection folder and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Give it the name “AllowTelemetry” and value of 0.
After all of this is done, you can restart your PC for the changes to take effect. Doing the above will remove Windows 10’s ability to send feedback, telemetry data, and other personal data to Microsoft’s servers.
One more thing that you can do is install an app called Shutup10. It is a 200KB app that can disable extra diagnostic services in Windows 10 that can compromise your privacy. You can download ShutUp10 from their official website. Once downloaded, open the OOSU10.exe with admin privileges. You will see a bucket load of options that you can disable.
In the main screen, click on the Actions button on top to reveal the main settings. Click on Apply all recommended and limited recommended settings. If it asks for creating a restore point, select OK. All your settings will be applied.
And this is it. After making all these changes to Windows 10, it should send the minimum amount of data to Microsoft’s servers consequently protecting your privacy.